Giant Texas Red-Headed Centipede
July 9, 2010
Just thought you would enjoy this pic. This is an older picture (2008 or so), shot by my ex-boyfriend, from a house we lived in that was never sprayed with chemical insecticides. We didn’t believe in them, and luckily neither did our landlady, so we had a menagerie of critters. No real bug problems though–they left us alone and stayed outside for the most part. We had a family of these under the house as well as a family of tarantulas. I had never heard of them prior to seeing this one, and we originally thought it was a snake. Impressive guy! From what I hear they hurt like hell though if they walk across you. We never got much closer than this. Wish I could find another property manager that would leave the land alone. Most people would think I was crazy, but it was fun to have so much rare wildlife right in our back yard.
Thanks for sending us your photo of a Giant Red Headed Centipede, Scolopendra heros, a magnificent creature. Most of our reports are from Texas and Oklahoma.